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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Nov 15, 2011 6:48am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Alligator to Wolf

Perhaps this is a good time to clear something up. I have a bundle of GD photos I downloaded somewhere, and there are a few supposedly from the Indianapolis State Fair show on 10/27/73. In this first one, Jerry is clearly playing the Alligator guitar (or something like it -- notice that the tuning knobs are all in a row on top).

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But in this photo, supposedly from the same show, he's playing the Wolf, and everyone is dressed differently.

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If the Wolf appeared in September, then I assume the first picture is just mislabeled. If so, where is that photo from?

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Nov 15, 2011 7:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Alligator to Wolf

Well now. That first pic appears on Dead.net as 10-27-73 - I guess it's possible they mislabeled it but we'd better assume they didn't. That guitar Garcia is playing is giving a pretty fine impression of being a Strat so far as I can see. All I can do here is descend into the realms of wild speculation - could Garcia have gone back to the Alligator temporarily while the 'quippies fixed something on Wolf? I mean, he wouldn't take just one guitar to a gig would he? He'd have some kind of back up surely. As I say, just speculating wildly.

As to your second pic - I have no clue where or when that might be. If the first pic is 10-27-73 then, like you say, this can't be from that gig. A puzzle.

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Nov 15, 2011 10:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Alligator to Wolf

Given what we know about the debut of the Wolf, my guess is that the first pic is simply mislabeled. Might be a July show? Or even '72? I think his hair was a bit longer (and sometimes in pig tails) in the first half of '73.

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Nov 15, 2011 11:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Alligator to Wolf

Forget what I said about it possibly being '72. Bobby is playing an SG, which I don't think appeared until '73.